Jonathan Haggerty, the current world champion of the bantamweight division of Muay Thai for ONE Championship, currently carries almost 26 pounds of gold in his hands, but he feels there is capacity for even more on his broad shoulders.
“The General” will be competing against fellow ONE bantamweight world champion Fabricio Andrade on October 6 at ONE Fight Night 15 in an attempt to become the most dominant athlete in two different sports.
The hallowed grounds of Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok will welcome two deadly attackers, but only one of them will depart with the vacant ONE bantamweight kickboxing world title in his possession.
The self-assured Haggerty, who is not the type of person to suffer from a lack of confidence, has long been imagining himself climbing the distinguished ranks of the promotion’s recognized dual champions in two different combat sports disciplines.
In an exclusive interview with ONE Championship, the English superstar said the following:
I’ve mentioned this before in other interviews, but I wanted to be able to wear the kickboxing belt on one shoulder and the Muay Thai belt on the other.
When Jonathan Haggerty defeated the formidable Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in 2019, he ascended to the top of the flyweight Muay Thai rankings and established himself as the undisputed champion in that division.
After almost four years, the 26-year-old did the impossible once again when he dethroned another Thai living legend at ONE Fight Night 9 in April of last year. This time, Nong-O Hama was the opponent.
The majority of fans and commentators believed that Haggerty was in over his head while facing Nong-O, who had been undefeated in all 10 of his prior battles under the ONE brand. It took the underdog Haggerty less than three minutes to put an end to the legendary fighter, who at one point was being discussed as the guy who was the greatest in terms of pound-for-pound competition in the Singapore-based organization.
Opponents of Haggerty are well aware at this point that they should not write him out in any conflict. Fabricio Andrade does provide an interesting obstacle, but you shouldn’t be surprised if ‘The General’ goes on another all-out assault and wins his second world championship.
Don’t miss out on ONE Fight Night 15, which will be broadcast live during primetime in the United States for no additional cost to Prime Video members who are already enrolled in the service in North America.